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2009-02-24 12:20:44

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2009-01-29 14:40:32

In the electronics industry, thin metal films are deposited on silicon wafers with a sputter gun, which uses energetic ions – atoms with a positive charge – to knock the metal atoms off a target.

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2008-11-21 12:20:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft shut down its ion propulsion system today as scheduled and now the spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby in February of next year.

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2008-04-18 12:45:00

Researchers at Hampshire defense and security firm Qinetiq are currently testing ion thrusters, which they hope will one day bring spacecraft to the planets through solar energy.

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2007-10-10 09:11:58

NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully completed the first test of its ion propulsion system over the weekend. The system is vital to the success of Dawn's 8-year, 1.6 billion-kilometer (3-billion-mile) journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

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2007-09-27 08:30:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft rocketed away Thursday toward an unprecedented double encounter in the asteroid belt. Dawn's mission is the world's first attempt to journey to a celestial body and orbit it, then travel to another and circle it as well.

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2007-09-25 13:50:00

Launch and flight teams are in final preparations for the planned Sept. 27 liftoff from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., of NASA's Dawn mission. The Dawn spacecraft will venture into the heart of the asteroid belt.

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2007-09-14 06:45:00

What if you need to motor somewhere three billion-plus miles off the beaten path - somewhere where neither regular nor premium unleaded have so far feared to tread?

2006-09-02 18:23:51

Europe's first mission to the moon got a scare, but ground controllers made a last-minute course correction early Saturday that kept the craft from hitting the surface earlier than planned.

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2006-06-26 14:35:00

After sixteen months orbiting the Moon, ESA's lunar mission is preparing for the end of its scientific exploration.


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